Clarke sets more records

2012-01-25 12:01
Michael Clarke (Gallo)

Adelaide - Australia captain Michael Clarke became the first captain in test history to notch a triple and a double century in the same series by scoring 210 against India on Wednesday, completing a remarkable turnaround in his fortunes and those of his team.

Clarke's commanding innings at Adelaide Oval, completed in just 275 balls, put Australia in control of the fourth Test and in a powerful position to complete a 4-0 series sweep.

He shared a record 386-run stand with former captain Ricky Ponting, who made 221.

So impressive has been the form of Clarke and Ponting that it seems remarkable that they entered this series with both fans and experts calling for their removal from the team.

Coming off a humiliating test loss on home soil against New Zealand, the sharp criticism of Clarke, Ponting and other besides was perhaps warranted, particularly bearing in mind the bitter home Ashes series defeat the previous summer.

In that series against England, Clarke scored 193 runs (average 21.44) and Ponting 113 runs (16.14) over the five tests, prompting Ponting's removal as captain.

"Both of us were disappointed with our series last summer," Clarke said. "We've worked hard on our games to improve. It's nice to be scoring some (runs) this summer.

"We know each other's games quite well so we can certainly communicate to what we're seeing, if we feel like we can help.

"We speak a lot when we bat about what the other person has seen, to get help and advice and to keep both of us going and this innings was no different."

Australia declared on 600-7, and then had India struggling to 61-2 at stumps.

Clarke has amassed 589 runs (average 147.25) in this series, with a possible second innings here to come.

Clarke's double ton here followed his career best 329 in the second test in Sydney making him the third player in the history to reach 300 and 200 in a series. The others were Australia's Don Bradman, who achieved this twice in the 1930 and 1934 Ashes series, and England's Walter Hammond against New Zealand in 1932/33.

"One thing I've never really been too bothered about is statistics and records," Clarke said.

"It's about playing the game. It's about trying to do whatever you can to help your team win. If records come along like that, it's very special."

The highlight of the series had been the parternships between Clarke and Ponting.

In Sydney, the pair shared 288 runs, again for the fourth wicket and helped Australia set up an innings and 68-run win.

"It's always nice to see us both scoring runs when we bat together," Clarke added.

"We've known each other for a long time, played a lot of cricket together. It's nice to spend some time in the middle."

Read more on:    michael clarke


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Lood leads heavy Bok assault
Hosts England crash out of RWC
Cotter takes loss on the chin
'Basic' Bok plan worked well
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

The whole saga regarding the team selection for the Proteas Cricket World Cup semi-final continues to drag on... and on! Who do you believe?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.